Construction Labor Shortage in Idaho: An Examination into the Causes and Consequences

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Samia Islam


In recent years, Boise metropolitan area has experienced rapid growth. Evidence of this growth is most tangible in big construction projects such as two new hotels, the transit interchange, and the Jump project in downtown Boise. Thus, it would appear that the local construction sector is strong. And yet, all cities in the Boise metro area over the past year have suffered a construction worker shortage causing a big decline in project availability and major delays. Our research will focus on the local construction sector employment and examine the reasons behind the current local labor shortage. We expect to present insight into the causes and consequences of this labor shortage on the local economy. This research is a Boise State University Service Learning project for the Idaho Department of Labor.

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